Legal Tender

The term legal tender can be applied to any old currency that was issued as a United States note. Legal tenders were not bank issued and not backed by gold or silver. The US initially experimented with legal tenders during the Civil War. Be sure to visit our small size legal tender and type notes pages for more information.

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Fr No.DenomTypeDateGradePrice
16$1Legal Tender1862PCGS 63PPQ$2875
FR 16 $1

A bright and broadly margined example of our country’s first Legal Tender, series 227.  Vivid inks on the front and […]

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16c$1Legal Tender1862PMG 58 $2175
FR 16c $1

A deeply inked 1862 legal, series 235-284, with cherry red seal and serial numbers.   A lovely example with  margins all […]

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16c$1Legal Tender1862PMG 58 $2175
FR 16c $1

A bright and boldly inked early issue Legal.  This note boasts margins all around, as well as deep red seal […]

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27$1Legal Tender1878PMG 66EPQ$4295
FR 27 $1

A stunning example of this early issue Legal Tender. Brilliant inks, bright paper and balanced margins are readily apparent at […]

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30$1Legal Tender1880VG$175
FR 30 $1

An intact and problem free Legal with large brown seal.  Margins all around and decent colors on both front and […]

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36$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $465
FR 36 $1

A very bright and boldly inked example with margins all around.  Teehee/Burke signatures.

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36$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$165
FR 36 $1

A pleasing and evenly circulated note with bold red seal and serial numbers, as well as pleasing margins all around.

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36$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 36 $1

Pleasing and nicely centered note.

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37$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$225
FR 37 $1

Evenly circulated and problem free.  Very bright with bold red overprints.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH AU $195
FR 39 $1

A pleasing  and bright Choice AU with margins all around, bright paper and bold inks.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $375
FR 39 $1

A bright and nicely centered Legal with cherry red seal and serial numbers.  Speelman/White signatures.

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39$1Legal Tender1917XF$185
FR 39 $1

A well centered XF note with three folds.  Decent colors with bold red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH AU$245
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU note with vivid red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU with margins all around, although top is cut tight,  Bold colors and nice embossing are clearly […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH CU $685
FR 40 $1

A bright and vividly inked Red Seal with pleasing margins on front and back.

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

A bright example of this popular note.  Vivid reds on seals and serial numbers, pleasing margins and bright overall paper […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free example of this popular type with margins all around and deep red seal and […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923XF$365
FR 40 $1

A lovely XF with vivid inks and pleasing margins on both front and back.

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40*$1Legal Tender1923VF$1185
FR 40* $1

A bright STAR note with vivid red seal and serial numbers and margins all around.  Two small pinholes and small […]

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41$2Legal Tender1862VF$1685
FR 41 $2

A bright and vividly inked Legal with pleasing margins.  Two small pinholes mentioned for the sake of accuracy.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1675
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow deuce is well centered and evenly circulated with bold and pleasing colors on front and back.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1650
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow Deuce displays  rather broad margins all around, as well as pleasing colors and overprints.  Problem free.

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57$2Legal Tender1917CH CU $450
FR 57 $2

A  Choice CU deuce from 1917 with balanced margins all around.  Deep red serial numbers and seal, as well as […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$185
FR 60 $2

A problem free VF note with margins all around, although the bottom margin is tight, it is not cut into […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 60 $2

A very bright note with margins all around.  Cherry red seal and serial numbers, as well as deep green reverse, […]

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62$5Legal Tender1862Fine$685
FR 62 $5

An affordable $5 1863 legal with decent colors and three  margins, top is cut tight but not into design.

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64$5Legal Tender1869PCGS 64PPQ$3,950
FR 64 $5

A bright and vividly inked Rainbow note with margins all around.

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64$5Legal Tender1869PMG 58EPQ$2350
FR 64 $5

Margins all around on this boldly inked $5 Rainbow note.  Deep red serial numbers, along with vivid blue end paper, […]

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91$5Legal Tender1907F/VF$195
FR 91 $5

Margins all around, as well as vivid inks on this problem free note.  

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91$5Legal Tender1907CH AU $465
FR 91 $5

A gorgeous Woodchopper with bright paper and bold colors.  Margins all around with cherry red seal and serial numbers.

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